This piece by Jérôme Bel is a journey through contemporary dance by reconstructing the life experience of the dancer Cédric Andrieux, a member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company for almost a decade.
Cédric Andrieux shows fragments of movements and gestures of Trisha Brown, Merce Cunningham and Jérôme Bel himself, in a tour de force through the grammar of contemporary dance mixed with the dancer’s biographical narrative. The body as an archive and the story told to the audience bring forward a generational, subjective history of dance.
Jérôme Bel (Paris, 1964)
A dancer and choreographer, is one of the most outstanding representatives of the non-dance movement. His pieces, conceptual, shift between the theatrical, the verbal and the everyday. The body, understood as a ready-made, incorporates a record of movements that define the subject. After working with several choreographers in France and Italy, he created his first piece in 1994, Nom donné par l’auteur, in which the interaction between dancers and banal objects make up the piece. Jérôme Bel (1995), Shirtologie (1997), Le dernier spectacle (1998) The Show Must Go On (2001), Véronique Doisneau (2004) or Lutz Förster (2009) complete a task that modifies its limits under the impulse of thinking dance. A dance classic present for the first time in Galicia. Cédric Andrieux is a simple, delicate piece, a manifesto on how to achieve the autonomy and freedom to which everyone aspires.
Director: Jérôme Bel | Artist: Cédric Andrieux | With fragments by: Trisha Brown (Newark), Merce Cunningham (Biped, Suite for 5) Philippe Tréhet (Nuit fragile), Jérôme Bel (The Show Must Go On) | Co-production: Théâtre de la Ville, Festival d’Automne, RB Jerome Bel | Supported by: Centre National de la Danse (Paris), La Menagerie de Verre (Paris), Baryshnikov Arts Center (New York) | Acknowledgements: Thérèse Barbanel, Trevor Carlson and Yorgos Loukos | Assistance: RB Jerome Bel receives grants from the Regional Direction of Cultural Affairs of Île-de-France, Ministry of Culture and Communication of France, Institut Français, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, for international tours.
December 2009, Théâtre de la Ville, Paris, France.